A. “Psychotherapy” and “counseling” are terms that are often used interchangeably. Although they are quite similar, there are some important differences as well.

“Counseling” is generally used to denote a relatively brief treatment that is focused most upon behavior. It often targets a particular symptom or problematic situation and assists in finding ways of managing feelings and dealing with the presenting difficulty.

“Psychotherapy” on the other hand is generally a longer term treatment which focuses more on gaining insight into chronic psychological and emotional problems. Its focus is on the patient’s thought processes and way of being in the world rather than specific problems.

A. If you are unsure, you may schedule a free 20-minute consultation and we can work together to figure out the answer to these questions.

A. If talking to friends isn’t helping enough, someone outside of your life, who has training in helping others, can give you a more objective assessment of problems that concern you.

A. There is no such thing as right/appropriate or wrong/inappropriate issues that can be presented in counseling. In other words, any problem can be addressed.

A. Not at all. Today counseling is broadly used and is appropriate for all populations and for a wide range of concerns. Everyone has difficult life experiences sometimes. When these difficulties interfere with how you are feeling or your ability to function, then it can be very helpful to seek assistance or support from others who are trained to help you.

A. To the contrary, asking for help when you need it demonstrates great strength. We often feel we should be able to resolve our problems on our own, but at times it can be difficult to do so. Asking another person to help you help yourself is also an indication of strength. It takes courage to face your problems, and once you have decided to get help, you have already taken an important step toward positive change.

A. Sessions last 50 minutes.

A. In the beginning of counseling clients often come in on a  weekly or bi-weekly basis.  After that, the frequency is based on your needs and goals